Photos: Fuel Scarcity Throttles Abuja Residents, Businesses; Government Silent

The acute shortage of petrol in Abuja and the surrounding areas has left many residents stranded and frustrated, with long queues of vehicles in filling stations across the city.Motorists unable to get fuel are often left with no option than to sleep at the petrol stations, and commercial transporters have abruptly increased fares, inflicting a heavier burden on innocent passengers.

Black marketers have also taken over the major streets, some of them doing brisk business even in front of NNPC Towers, home of the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation.  A litre of fuel is selling for as much as N300, over three times the official rate.

There is no statement from the government about the cause of the latest shortage.